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June 1, 2016 | SuzyQ
A biography of Babe Ruth, a charismatic baseball player who literally became a legend in his own time.
Explores the life and career of tennis player Althea Gibson, who overcame obstacles in the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s.
Tells the story of an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian, who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball's first Latino superstar.
The story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a sharecropper's son who elevated an entire race and country when he broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. The film illuminates Robinson's place as a leader and icon of the civil rights movement whose exemplary life and aspirational message of equality continues to inspire generations of Americans.
Commemorates the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis match and the launch of the Women's Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with perspective from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Riggs' son Larry and others.
A profile of the life and career of baseball player Mickey Mantle.
Despite Jesse Owens's remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.
Uncover the story of the "Real Rocky", Chuck Wepner, the man who went almost the full fifteen rounds with Ali in 1975 to inspire the Oscar-winning movie. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Champion, Wepner took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky", which won three Academy Awards. Wepner was left out of the "Rocky" glory, and his career took a strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight.
Story of Seabiscuit, the most popular thoroughbred horse during the Depression, focusing on the animal, trainer, owner, and jockeys.
In 1951, Ralph Branca became a legendary figure in baseball history when the Brooklyn Dodgers lost the National League pennant to the New York Giants by giving up the game-winning homerun termed "The Shot Heard Round the World." Jeered and labeled a scapegoat for the rest of his life, he never reclaimed his career. Follow Branca's journey to pen a memoir that tells his side of the story, to try and restore his fascinating, yet overlooked legacy in baseball's Golden Age of the '40s and '50s.
The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Jack Johnson was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Reveals how a grandson of slaves became one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, served as an iconic figure during WWII, and later carried himself with dignity through numerous setbacks. Includes rare footage of many of Louis' greatest bouts.
In 1938, African American boxer Joe Louis fought a German opponent Max Schmeling, a historic match.